16 Gorgeous Waitresses From 9 Cool NYC Restaurants

There are restaurants we go to for the food, there are restaurants we go to for the ambience, and then there are restaurants we go to because we're hoping to get seated in that cute waiter or waitress' section. And maybe, just maybe, this time we'll muster up enough courage to leave our digits on the receipt. True, it's not hard to find talent and good looks in NYC, but lately, we've been stalking frequenting a few fine establishments for their mix of all three necessities: mouth-watering cuisine, cool lighting, and stunning servers. It's a tough job, but someone had to do it—and now, we present to you, a roundup of our very favorites waitresses in town. We say these are some of the hottest staffers around, and this time, the customer's definitely right!
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Check out these nine NYC restos whose service is just as hot as the food.
Update: This article was originally published on November 15
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Miss Lily's, a Jamaican-themed restaurant, has earned a reputation for spicy fare and an even more sizzling staff!

Miss Lily's, 132 West Houston Street (at Sullivan Street); 646-588-5375.

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You can easily flesh out a fashion editorial shoot on a typical night at Miss Lily's.

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Staffers are encouraged to express their personal style; they seem to opt for Carnival over comfort.

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Like other Serge Becker establishments (La Esquina, Cafe Select), Miss Lily's doubles as a restaurant and a nightlife destination.

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At An Choi in Lower East Side, you can enjoy a solid bowl of pho in a cool downtown setting (as opposed to under sobering fluorescent bulbs on Canal street).

An Choi, 85 Orchard Street (between Broome and Grand streets); 212-226-3700.

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An Choi employees discuss the list of evening's specials through their newly constructed bar.

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Thao Thanh Huynh, a Saigon-born FIT grad, doesn't feel too far from home at An Choi, where she can speak (and eat) Vietnamese.

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Crispy, a server, indulging in a great restaurant perk — the family meal.

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Cafe Gitane boasts a delicious French-Moroccan menu and offers the perfect respite after a busy day of shoe shopping.

Cafe Gitane, 242 Mott Street (between Prince and Houston streets); 212-334-9552.

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On a sunny day, Cafe Gitane feels less like a Nolita hipster hangout and more like a bustling Parisian café, evidenced by all outdoor patrons sipping their cappuccinos facing Mott street.

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Personalized details like Mallory's vintage jewelry add a unique flair to her waitressing ensemble.

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Mallory Melander, besides waiting tables at Café Gitane, is attending school for Urban Studies.

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Mallory lives in Williamsburg, indicated by her Brooklyn sense of style.

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Freemans, an American colonial-themed restaurant opened in 2004, has become a Lower East Side staple for those seeking a temporary escape from the city to the "countryside".

Freemans, 8 Rivington Street (between Bowery and Chrystie Street); 212-420-0012.

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Despite its clandestine location at the end of an nondescript alley, Freemans has no difficult packing its dining room on any given night.

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Freemans describes their menu as "simple, rustic, American".

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The upstairs communal dining table is just one of the many pleasant nooks that makes Freemans feel like home, or what would be your home 300 years ago.

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How Alaska McFadden deflects frequent customer come-ons: "By doing my job well and being professional and friendly I think people realize that I'm there to provide a service, I'm not just hanging out at a bar".

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To New Yorkers in the know, the name "Indochine" conjures up its trademark banana leaf print walls, long-limbed staffers, and their most famous frequenter, the late Andy Warhol.

Indochine, 430 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place); 212-505-5111.

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Eligha Ojok anticipates a diverse mix of clientele tonight— celebrities, designers, artists, and club kids.

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Eligha, a fashion model, loves to dress glamorously for work.

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La Esquina in Williamsburg, the spinoff of the popular Mexican speakeasy in Nolita, recreates its winning formula inside a vintage dining car. They serve fresh Mexican fare and cocktails.

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There are multiple settings at La Esquina,including a casual dining front, a taqueria garden, and (pictured here) a reservations-only back room.

La Esquina Williambsurg, 225 Wythe Avenue (between Metropolitan Avenue and North 3rd Street); 718-393-5500.

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There's a wide selection of tequilas cocktails available, always a harbinger of good things to come.

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Jessica Flores reflects the aesthetic of La Esquina by dressing up to work in beads, feathers and braids.

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Helene Kuhn, an actress from Paris, savors a mid-day lull.

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Red Rooster, opened up by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, has put Harlem on the culinary radar for foodies in search of soul food with Swedish flair.

Red Rooster, 310 Malcolm X Boulevard (between West 125th and126th streets); 212-792-9001.

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Nicolette Balmer describes her outfit while offering advice to those unfamiliar with Harlem: "a mixture of African Royalty and the richness of Harlem."

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Nicolette offers advice for those unfamiliar with Harlem shopping: "My two favorite places to shop in Harlem are Finderz Keeperz located on 116 btw Lenox and Fredrick Douglass. My ultimate favorite is shopping with Beverly Wilburn. Appointment only!"

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Tucked away on a residential cobblestone street in Dumbo, Vinegar Hill House not only provides a great rustic experience but also offers a mature menu of comfort-food favorites.

Vinegar Hill House, 72 Hudson Avenue (between Water and Front streets); 718-522-1018.

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Audra Nguyen describes her work style as comfortable; "I just wear a pair of converse, some Top Shop jeans and any shirt that I don't feel particularly attached to. And to counter that, I usually put on some Nars red lipstick."

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Audra recommends (and this photographer can vouch): "The red wattle country chop and the mezze maniche. They will blow your mind."

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A recent menswear FIT grad, Audra plans on pursuing a career in fashion.

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Attached to André Balaz's Standard Hotel is the Standard Grill, a Meatpacking meeting spot for fashionistas and tourists alike.

Compared to the serving staff's plaid uniforms, the hostesses' approach to workwear is more laid back and expressive.

The Standard Grill, 848 Washington Street (at 13th Street); 212-645-4100.

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Sarah, an actress and singer, finds that being a waitress works well with her schedule — she can audition during the day and serve by night.

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According to coworkers, Leopard platform wedges and glittery Jeffrey Campbell Lolita heels are Ray Hine's most beloved work shoes.

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